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Ethiopian Airlines is and always had been, what the CEO calls a “strategic asset and a policy instrument” for the government. Its key role in logistics is designed to aid the country’s industrialisation. Today, the company is busy exporting its model across Africa, buying stakes in existing airlines in Djibouti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Equatorial Guinea, as well as setting up new ones in Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia. Not all governments are fully on board with the company’s pan-African vision, a vision which led it to take a key role in pushing for the African Union’s single market for air transport launched earlier this year. “The main challenge is the lack of proper attention given to aviation by African countries,” Tewolde says. “At the policy level, African governments, unintentionally, consider aviation a rich man’s means of transport. They don’t consider it as an essential public service for the average person.”

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Posted on Friday, 16 November 2018 Tewolde GebreMariam, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines   By Tom Gardner in Addis Ababa     http://www.theafricareport.com/East-Horn-Africa/itv-tewolde-gebremariam-chief-executive-officer-ethiopian-airlines.html   Tomas’s Comment:   There is no doubt that today Ethiopian Airlines is Africa’s dominant airline, the only African Airline that can compete with the likes of Turkish, … Continue reading

A short history of aviation in Ghana

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/       November 9, 2018   Tomas’s Comment:   The country has a had a rough time with its 2 national airlines, Ghana Airways from 1958 to 2005 and Ghana International Airlines from 2005 to 2010 and have they learned anything? Ghana Airways has had a long successful history with many different … Continue reading

“We are open to offers for new airline”​? Ghana’s Aviation Minister Joseph Kofi Adda. Is Ghana ready for a third attempt at a national carrier?

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/       Business News of Monday, 15 October 2018 – thebftonline.com   Tomas’s Comment:   The country has a had a rough time with its 2 national airlines, Ghana Airways from 1958 to 2005 and Ghana International Airlines 2005 to 2010 and have they learned anything? Ghana Airways has had a long … Continue reading

The Russians don’t do well with their commercial aircraft, the SSJ100 will never be a commercial success, and neither were the IL-96/86, TU-154, TU-134 or YAK-42. The new MC-21 looks real good, but its sales will like the SSJ100 be limited to basically Russia and the CIS. Now, where the Russians are very good is jet fighters, SU-30/35 and the new SU-57 and helicopters, and this is a segment Russian Helicopters has been doing real well in, with $3.2 billion in revenue in 2016 and a $610 million operating profit. Now, Abu Dhabi based Mubadala is part owner in Russian Helicopters, shows there is value in the company. The new Mi-38 from Russia looks real good and a market exists but not in North America or Europe yet, but maybe in time. One market Russia has not gone after successfully is the amphibious jet from Beriev, the Be-200, that is a “game changer” if there is one today in commercial aviation. The time is right in my opinion to bring back larger commercial amphibious aircraft bigger than the Viking Air DHC-6 Series 400, like a 30 passenger CL-415 and the 72 seat Be-200, but few see the light, but its there, just needs to be promoted, nurtured, marketed and demonstrated, but Russians have done no business development with it, beyond water bomber and SAR, needs new ideas and people to make the Be-200 a commercial success.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Thursday October 25, 2018 / Stanislav Golubev/Russian Aviation   Mi-38 belongs to the niche of medium helicopters according to the classification of the Russian market. Today I will tell you about our modern corporate helicopter – the Very-VIP category Mi-38. Why VVIP, and not just VIP? Because there are very few … Continue reading

Primera Air fails to secure long term financing and shuts down, but was its collapse inevitable? Its product positioning was vague, LCC or Full Service, point to point with no feed, small 7 aircraft fleet (5 x A321neo and 2 x B737-800, plus 2 x A321LR and 18 x B737-9 on order) of its own, late aircraft deliveries, unexpected maintenance and then too many ACMI leases and starting too many long haul routes at once sealed its inevitability?

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/         Primera Air blames ‘several unforeseen misfortunate events’ for its collapse, but did it take a risk too many in entering the competitive trans-Atlantic market?   October 3, 2018 – CAPA The European carrier Primera Air surprised everybody when it burst into the trans-Atlantic market earlier this year. After over … Continue reading

BOC Aviation says 301 airline failures this decade and rising, 2 per month and 90% were <20 aircraft operators that did not reach "critical mass"​

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     October 25, 2018     Tomas’s Comment:     These comments from BOC Aviation’s MD & CEO Robert Martin, confirm what we are seeing, and that is shake out of small weak carriers just cannot compete effectively with small fleets, usually high debts and little equity or ability to raise more cash. … Continue reading

For decades LIAT has struggled under heavy airport fees, taxes, poor management and politicians with no “balls” to make tough decisions. The airline has a monopoly on most of its network, but still burns cash year after year, and yet politicians just talk and talk about what is bad and what is good but nothing ever changes. The losers are the good people of the Eastern Caribbean, who are “stuck” with high fares and airport fees, unreliable air service and they have chosen NOT to fly, with LIAT passenger count down to around 800,000 yet 10 years ago 2 million were carried when LIAT had competition from Caribbean Star. That shows that the demand is there but supply is too expensive, unreliable and mistrusted, its time for LIAT to Swim of Sink and be ready to open the EC to competition, state aid is not working.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/   PM Gonsalves Says There Are Weaknesses And Limitations With LIAT? Off Course, there are, it is why its burning taxpayers’ money for 2 generations!   October 23, 2018 – Antigua News Room     Tomas’s Comment:   For decades LIAT has struggled under heavy airport fees, taxes, poor management and a poor Board … Continue reading

Scandal filled Korean Air Lines (KAL) Chairman and CEO Cho Yang-ho has been charged with embezzlement, tax evasion and breach of trust, for $17.4 million in “brokered” deals for aircraft (A220-300?) and inflight good and $134 million in medical benefits from National Health Insurance by running a pharmacy without a license. His misbehaved daughters have become infamous for their anger management issues with Korean Air staff, and now Korean Air Lines’s LCC Jin Air (22 x B737-800 and 4 x B777-200ER) may lose its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) due to the fallout from an alleged incident involving the daughter of the airlines’ controlling family, who served on the budget carrier’s board of directors for six years despite being ineligible for the post, a government investigation has discovered. Just a bad example of the disgusting behaviour of the rich in Korea, time to put more into jail and clean up the corruption in Korea! it has become a disgrace on the nation.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     RŪTA BURBAITĖ –  on 15th October 2018 – Aerotime News Hub   Korean Air: from raging heiresses to chief’s embezzlement probe   Another scandal hits the largest airline and flag carrier of South Korea, and this time it involves the man at the top. Korean Air Lines Chairman and CEO, Cho … Continue reading

Airline business models that failed though they were very unique and had its fans, but for various reasons they were not sustainable in the long term, and never copied by anyone else again!

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/   6 DEFUNCT AIRLINES THAT WERE DOOMED FROM THE START  By DAVE BALDWINPublished On 01/07/2014 Assuming it isn’t already circled on your new 2014 Divas of WWE wall calendar, tomorrow marks the eighth anniversary of Hooters Air calling it quits — a moment of silence, please. Before you cry into your plate of wings though, we … Continue reading

Saudi Opposition Journalist Jamal Khashoggi is still missing, reports indicate an elite protection squad of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (aka Alexander the Great?) was sent to Turkey to kidnap or kill Khashoggi. Like the Russians the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sends out kidnapping/death squads to take care of opponents of the House of Saud, but you won’t hear anything from President Trump, he’s in bed with the Saudis. The Turks have released names of the 15 Saudi’s that arrived in Turkey on October 2nd to capture/kill Khashoggi aboard Gulfstream G450 private jets from Saudi Arabia registered HZ-SK1 and HZ-SK2 of Sky Prime Aviation? that most likely carried Khashoggi out of Turkey, dead or alive but stopped in Cairo, where torture is common by the “puppet” regime of President Sisi who was put in power by Saudi and Emirati money a few years back. Time for the World to look at War Crimes by Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Yemen, and if Khashoggi is not found, put out international arrest warrants for the 15 Saudi’s who know what happened, and maybe even the Saudi pilot that deliberately dropped a laser guided bomb on a School bus in Yemen? The USAF refuels Saudi fighter aircraft going to Yemen? time to STOP that no? Saudi Arabia is NO friend of the West, just buys our politicians, PR firms and lobbyists to make it look like its our friend, money can buy anything today!

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/   Jamal Khashoggi: Turkish newspapers release names of 15 Saudi suspects October 10, 2018 – Middle East Eye       HZ-SK2 Gulfstream G450 of Sky Prime Aviation HZ-SK1 Gulfstream G450 of Sky Prime Aviation       In the most detailed Turkish account about the reported murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, … Continue reading

I called this one when it was first announced. After lots of BS from Air Belgium from the start about flights to China, US and cargo flights from Charleroi Airport (Belgium) it now will just concentrate on ACMI work with its 4 x A340-300, the business model never made sense from the beginning. Anything that involves China flights you need to run, VLM Airlines had some weird plan for such flights from Maribor, Slovenia? feeding it with lots of A320’s from all over Europe? Too many “BS artists” out there selling airline scams that don’t make sense, and sadly “Common Sense” is no longer common in aviation, and ‘suckers’ fall for the false dreams.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/   Air Belgium will announce the end of its flights between Charleroi and Hong Kong, according to the newspaper, L’Avenir.     The paper noted that an official company announcement will be made today. The route, which had just started on 6 June, was the first long-distance connection from the Charleroi airport. The … Continue reading

Transatlantic Fuel Efficiency in 2017 was won by Norwegian Air Shuttle at 33% above average, the worst was British Airways 22% below average, time for more fuel efficient aircraft at BA to get competitive? Meanwhile Norwegians huge new aircraft acquisition strategy is really paying off now.

      https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Survey reveals disparity in transatlantic fuel efficiency   Sep 12, 2018  Alan Dron| ATW Plus     Norwegian Air Shuttle was the most fuel-efficient airline on North Atlantic routes in 2017, according to a new study. The LCC turned a 63% better fuel-burn figure than the worst operator, British Airways (BA). The survey, … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/       INTERVIEW: Pedro Heilbron, chief executive, Copa Airlines 12 SEPTEMBER, 2018 SOURCE: FLIGHT AIRLINE BUSINESS BY: GHIM-LAY YEO PANAMA CITY   Tomas’s Comment: COPA’s CEO Pedro Heilbron has done a great job with COPA, he is one of the best airline CEO’s in the world for sure. He shows what good … Continue reading

Elite Airways Returns to Long Island While Frontier Enhances Florida Service

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A new low cost carrier being formed out of Basel, Switzerland, Swiss Skies? In 2017, 79 new airlines were started in Europe while 25 shut down, some of them few even noticed (e.g. Fly Kiss, Sea Air and Citywing), it is a tough business, but they keep coming with big dreams, it is all good, dream big but be realistic and take it step by step, it is not a race, go too fast and you risk failure as routes take time to become profitable.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Europe may be getting a new budget airline (with a Ryanair pilot at the helm) Basel is said to be the base of the new budget carrier   Hugh Morris, travel news editor – The Telegraph -10 SEPTEMBER 2018     A part-time Ryanair pilot is looking to launch a … Continue reading

Six ERJ-145 regional jets are joining the eight EMB-120 at Inter-Caribbean Airways of the Turks & Caicos

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/   SIX NEW JETS FOR InterCARIBBEAN By Hayden Boyce & Todeline Defralien – The Sun – September 9, 2018       Over 60 airlines have failed in the Caribbean since 1981:  Aero Wings  Carib Aviation  Caribbean Star  RedJet  Trans Island Air 2000  Air Monserrat  Air Caribbean … Continue reading

Moldova held liable for 3 air cargo companies (Tiramavia, Valan International Cargo Charter and Grixona) rights violations when it cancelled their AOC’s in 2007, without properly explaining its reasons or giving the companies time to respond, but dodges serious damages and pays just EUR 5,500 each and not the EUR 3 million sought?

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Moldova held liable for cargo companies’ rights violations, but dodges serious damages   News – 06 September 2018 by Richard Woolley – Getting The Deal Through   The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has found that the government of Moldova infringed the rights of three air freight carriers when it arbitrarily … Continue reading

We had two VLM Airlines, and a joint AOC between Belgium and Slovenia, each with its own AOC, but VLM Airlines (Belgium) with 2 x A320’s under the old Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium AOC, which they bought and VLM (Antwerp) with 5 x F50’s? When the company is confusing, you know the business model is as well. The operation is owned by SHS Aviation (Netherlands) which is 60% Dutch owned and 40% Chinese owned and its business model was confusing as hell from the start. It is why they are now closing VLM (Antwerp), as that old VLM business model did not work before and did not work this time around either. Fokker F-50’s to London City, Aberdeen, Cologne, Rostock, Munich, Marbor and Birmingham and a planned big hub at Maribor, Slovenia from where regular flights to China would take place from, very similar to Air Belgium’s (4 x A340-300) plan to fly to China from Charleroi, and also a confusing business model, flying to China for China’s U-Tour, freighter aircraft, flights to the US, ACMI, now flying for BA, etc.? One thing you spot quickly on a start up is its focus or lack of, if it’s all over the place with its strategy, run! they are not focused, and trying to be everything and anything, is a recipe for failure everytime.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/         RŪTA BURBAITĖ – Aerotime News Hub – 4th September 2018 VLM Airlines (Brussels) unaffected by VLM (Antwerp) liquidation       VLM Airlines (Belgium) is to be dissolved and enter into liquidation. That was the decision made by SHS Aviation (Netherlands), the majority shareholder of SHS Antwerp Aviation … Continue reading

Blockchain technology is coming to aviation fast, its time to get up to speed on what it is and how it can be used.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/         Gazprom Neft and S7 Airlines become the first companies in Russia to move to blockchain technology in aviation refuelling   September 3, 2018       Gazpromneft-Aero, operator of the Gazprom Neft aviation refuelling business and S7 Airlines have developed and implemented blockchain-based joint smart-contracts (aviation fuel smart contracts … Continue reading

American Airlines will phase out its 23 remaining B767-300ER’s by 2020 as more B787-8/9’s arrive. By next year all MD-80’s will be gone as will 20 E190’s by 2020. This will improve AA’s unit costs per ASM as will its acceptance of 100 A321neo and 100 B737-8’s and a B787 fleet that will as of now go to 89 aircraft. Out with the old and in with the new, will make AA more competitive against DL and UA.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/         AMERICAN AIRLINES CONFIRMS BOEING 767-300ER RETIREMENT DATES by Enrique Perrella – Airways     In an internal memo, American Airlines (AA) confirmed that its fleet of 23 Boeing 767-300(ER)s will be phased out in 2021.   Ryan Travis, Managing Director of Fleet Planning at AA, confirmed that “The 767 … Continue reading